These books, written by Abby Colich and published by Capstone Press, would be great to introduce Text Features or to use as mentor All About Books. Here are some pages inside:
(Sorry for sideways shot. I like the Fact Hound/secret code in
each book. It's just Capstone's site that allows you to enter a code (WAY too long!) and see what pops up. Basically, author websites. I can see my kids dying to see what the code leads to!)
Are you familiar with Grace Lin's books? I admit I'm a recent fan having only having read them in the last year. While I haven't read her Newbery book, I can tell you that her picture books and early readers are wonderful! Great Mentor Texts! Each time I read one, I feel that Grace has personally invited me in to take a peek into her childhood. My students give them two thumbs up, too! My two favorites are The Ugly Vegetables and Lissy's Friends which is a fun read aloud for the beginning of school with a friendship theme. Here are some pics of her books... my first Pic Monkey creation! Hey- you gotta start somewhere!
Also offered in the series: Jeff Kinney, Dav Pilkey, Shel Silverstein and Barbara Park. (Did you know she recently passed away? Sniff, sniff. Sidenote: If you teach third-fifth grade, read Mick Harte Was Here. Not only is it my favorite Barbara Park book, it is one of my top five all-time books. Try to listen to the audiobook. AMAZING. A must for this age group.